Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Mobile Computing

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 9, 2011, 09:34 AM
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Posts: 67
Default Need help, know nothing about laptops but need to recommend something to my parents..

As per the title...

My parents' 7-year-old desktop PC has finally given up the ghost, and they're wanting to replace it with a laptop. Now, I've built my own PC's but I will readily admit I know nothing about what makes one notebook better than another, so I come to the HWC braintrust for answers.

Gaming is of no concern, this will simply be a general use/internet/accounting/word processing laptop. The only criteria they have is the wish to be able to attach to an external monitor/TV without much difficulty, which I would imagine is probably a pretty standard feature nowadays. A decent video card, a nice fast processor and as much memory as can be handled would be my criteria, but again, I'm not sure what's good and what's not.

Price is not really set (they're prepared to pay what they need to), but I'd like to suggest something in the $600-800 range if possible. Given that their PC was 7 years old, you see how often they replace hardware like this, and I've convinced them it'd pay to go a little higher end now for what "future-proofing" it offers.

So, any ideas?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old September 12, 2011, 11:13 AM
Rookie
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 26
Default

In your case, just wait for a Dell "Days of Deals" sale, they have one on right now. Probably the best prices for a decent laptop.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old September 12, 2011, 07:36 PM
Andy's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Taichung / Toronto
Posts: 657

My System Specs

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by trowakage View Post
In your case, just wait for a Dell "Days of Deals" sale, they have one on right now. Probably the best prices for a decent laptop.
Sadly it will most likely fall apart sooner than they would like. Build quality on Dell's these days is horrible.
__________________
SAGER 5165 - Matte Screen (1920x1080) - i7-2630QM - nVidia 555M - 8Gb DDR3 - 120Gb Corsair Force GT SSD - 500Gb Momentus XT - Intel® 6300
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old September 13, 2011, 07:57 AM
b1lk1's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lindsay, Ontario
Posts: 2,503

My System Specs

Default

Any new AMD Fusion based laptop or any Intel/AMD based with HD4500 video onboard or better would work perfectly. Anything more than a dual core and 4GB of memory would be a waste, they could live with 2-3GB of memory easily. HDMI or VGA connectivity is basically standard now and easy to do.
__________________
MY HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrading Parents PC JustDepends New Builds 12 July 28, 2011 12:12 AM
Budget build for parents Sh4mps New Builds 7 April 15, 2011 07:59 AM
Upgrade to Parents PC gambel626 New Builds 6 February 16, 2010 10:49 AM
Alberta passes law allowing parents to pull kids out of class 3 of 7 Off Topic 36 June 3, 2009 06:22 PM